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PuTTY 0.61 Released 184

Posted by Soulskill
from the what's-old-is-new dept.
drmacinyasha writes "Simon Tatham announced Tuesday the official release of PuTTY 0.61 after four years of development. It brings a number of bug fixes and improvements, such as GSSAPI SSH-2 authentication, significantly faster SSH key exchanges, and even support for Windows 7's jump lists. Downloads are available from the project's homepage."
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PuTTY 0.61 Released

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  • Link (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Goaway (82658) on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @06:32AM (#36746344) Homepage

    ...and still no clickable links.

  • Four years (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @06:36AM (#36746356)

    Shouldn't that make it PuTTY 12.9.9 at least?

  • Thanks! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @06:39AM (#36746376)

    The authors would be millionaires if they charged for this. I see this software used many many places, so thanks.

  • Re:Thanks! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @06:49AM (#36746422)

    ... or it could be so frequently used just because it's free and open? There are plenty of commercial SSH alternatives if you want those.

  • nice (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hey (83763) on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @06:58AM (#36746454) Journal

    putty makes the world work. I spend 90% of my day in putty... ssh-ed from a Windows box to various Linux boxes. It has never crashed.
    I also love the download page where you can grab just the .exe by http or ftp. If only everything else could be so perfect and simple.

  • Puzzles (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gringer (252588) on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @07:47AM (#36746680)

    And for those people who don't have the intellectual desire to tinker away at a shell, Simon Tatham has a few puzzles for you:

    http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/puzzles/ [greenend.org.uk]

    I accept no responsibility for loss of work months due to the use of these puzzles.

  • Re:Four years (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mcvos (645701) on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @07:54AM (#36746710)

    That's what I thought. Wasn't PuTTY release-ready 10 years ago? At this pace, by the time they make an official 1.0 release, it's already obsolete.

  • Re:Four years (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @07:56AM (#36746720)

    It is PuTTY after all, not Firefox or Chrome. It's not a case of hype-driven development. It's about providing the best product possible, rather than goofing around with hyperinflated version numbers.

    I liken it to the quiet employee who doesn't dress with the fanciest clothes nor boast constantly, but rather gets his work done efficiently and effectively. It turns out he has an absolutely massive penis, like in excess of 12" long. When hung like that, one doesn't need to act powerful, like all of the managers and executives with micropenises. When one has a pecker that huge, one inherently is powerful.

  • by ledow (319597) on Wednesday July 13, 2011 @08:36AM (#36747042) Homepage

    Cygwin is an horrendous suite to work with. Really. Just go look at how you're supposed to guarantee what version of the Cygwin DLL your applications end up using (Hint: Delete any cygwin1.dll that's not in the System directory and hope-to-god that's the most up-to-date). It can't even co-reside with itself so the second you load up a Cygwin app it's a gamble as to what version of the DLL it will find / use and whether it's even compatible any more, and what it'll do to applications you run later on. I take it that you don't do a lot of development with Cygwin compilers because it's a minefield, and after a while, you give anything to remove that Cygwin dependency (which is basically why MinGW exists, for instance).

    Also, the tools are horrendously slow. I have a Cygwin development environment that I've carried for a long while and it's stupidly slow when it comes to anything half-decent, anything that forks, etc. not to mention compatibility issues every time you have to move to a new Windows version, etc.

    PuTTY, in comparison, is a single file, no dependencies, works fine and everywhere and does 99% of what you want (the example you show is the most esoteric and pointless thing I could think of to show off a console, and relies mainly on the fact that you have an ffplay that can read from pipes on Windows - nothing to do with the console, as such).

    A console is a shell client. That's it. It doesn't need to integrate with my current OS / desktop, or form perfect pipes, or do anything more than necessary - it just needs to show me a remote shell on another computer so I can issue commands and see responses. PuTTY does that and does it brilliantly - so much so that I've ditched lots of serial-port comms utilities in favour of PuTTY instead because it also support just raw comms. It's also so incredibly tiny and portable (unlike your Cygwin installation) that I can literally carry it everywhere.

    The only thing I *hate* about PuTTY is that all the messing about with keys should really be simplified a lot without having to resort to extra utilities and third-party addons.

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